If you are planning on moving during this cold weather season, it is important to know that it can have an impact on your appliances and electronics. Your professionals at Starline will take care to mitigate these affects. However, these helpful tips adapted from ReloRoundtable (http://reloroundtable.com/blog) should help you understand what to expect and how to handle your goods once you take delivery to prevent damage.
Transporting washing machines require special care and attention, especially during colder weather. Remaining water and moisture within the machine needs to be removed in order to prevent damage from freezing temperatures during transport. Further, take time to let the appliance return to operating temperature, which is approximately 60 degrees before use. Also, if you own a front-end loader always have the drum bolted down during transport to prevent damage.
Gas and Electric Dryers
When these appliances are exposed to freezing temperatures, it can affect the igniters and heating elements. Therefore, once the appliance is delivered, take the time to have it return to operating temperature, which is approximately 60 degrees before use to prevent damage.
Once you have emptied out your refrigerator and freezer and prepared it for the move, it is important to note that if you have an ice-maker extra attention is required for transport. It is advised to disconnect the ice-maker from the water supply and have the extra moisture blown-out of the tubing in order to prevent it from freezing during transport. It is suggested to reconnect your ice-maker to the water supply 12 to 24 hours after you have taken delivery. This will help the appliance return to normal operating temperature. Even with this special care and attention, hair-line cracks may form in the tubing during transport, which could lead to leaks. Therefore, once you hook-up the water supply, a thorough system check should be completed to assess the appliance’s working performance.
Cold temperatures can wreak havoc on your electronics. Condensation can form on sensitive components and cause damage. Therefore, once you take delivery of these items, be patient and let them return to room temperature before use.
Freezing temperatures can cause the oil in the components to gel and affect the its operation and cause damage. Again, once you take delivery, let your clock acclimate to room temperature before resetting the mechanism.
No matter how thoroughly your mattress is drained, moisture will remain within the housing of the mattress. This residual moisture will freeze and extra care must be taken in its transport to prevent these frozen particles from damaging the mattress housing. It is suggested that the mattress remain in its box for about 12 to 24 hours to return to room temperature before it is handled and re-filled.
Knowing these extra details will help you work with your professional mover as a team to ensure that your goods remain in working order long after you take delivery.